As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, the pandemic has brought to the forefront the fragility of healthcare infrastructure in many developing nations. Global health has often focused on specific diseases, like malaria, HIV/AIDS, or Ebola, but crucial to these efforts is the building and maintaining of an overall robust healthcare system, from basic clinics to sophisticated hospitals that can treat complex diseases.
Added to this is the supportive infrastructure necessary to deliver health care. Frequent hand washing is impossible without clean water and sanitation, ventilators can’t work without electricity, and without roads, ambulances can’t reach people in need. As governments look at controlling the pandemic and prepare for a post-COVID world, at the top of the agenda is creating the infrastructure that is paramount to the health and well-being of their people and overall economic development of the country.
Foreign Policy, in partnership with MCC, hosted a virtual dialogue on the vital need for infrastructure in health care and other supporting areas. The conversation highlighted how targeted essential infrastructure can not only save lives during the pandemic, but also create the necessary resilience to withstand future crises and be an impactful, effective strategy for poverty reduction through economic growth.
- Sean Cairncross, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation
- H.E. Fidelis Leite Magalhães, Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Timor-Leste
- H.E. Sankatana Gabriel Maja, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Lesotho to the United States
- Carol Pineau, Journalist, Filmmaker, Producer